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October 20 - Old & New Testament


Jeremiah 6,11,12

Jerusalem Under Siege

1 "Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
     Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet(a) in Tekoa!(b)
     Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!(c)
For disaster looms out of the north,(d)
     even terrible destruction.
2 I will destroy Daughter Zion,(e)
     so beautiful and delicate.(f)
3 Shepherds(g) with their flocks will come against her;
     they will pitch their tents around(h) her,
     each tending his own portion."

4 "Prepare for battle against her!
     Arise, let us attack at noon!(i)
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
     and the shadows of evening grow long.
5 So arise, let us attack at night
     and destroy her fortresses!"

6 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

"Cut down the trees(j)
     and build siege ramps(k) against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
     it is filled with oppression.(l)
7 As a well pours out its water,
     so she pours out her wickedness.
Violence(m) and destruction(n) resound in her;
     her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
8 Take warning, Jerusalem,
     or I will turn away(o) from you
and make your land desolate
     so no one can live in it."

9 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

"Let them glean the remnant(p) of Israel
     as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
     like one gathering grapes."

10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
     Who will listen(q) to me?
Their ears are closed[a](r)
     so they cannot hear.(s)
The word(t) of the Lord is offensive to them;
     they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath(u) of the Lord ,
     and I cannot hold it in.(v)

"Pour it out on the children in the street
     and on the young men(w) gathered together;
both husband and wife will be caught in it,
     and the old, those weighed down with years.(x)
12 Their houses will be turned over to others,(y)
     together with their fields and their wives,(z)
when I stretch out my hand(aa)
     against those who live in the land,"
declares the Lord .
13 "From the least to the greatest,
     all(ab) are greedy for gain;(ac)
prophets and priests alike,
     all practice deceit.(ad)
14 They dress the wound of my people
     as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,' they say,
     when there is no peace.(ae)
15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
     No, they have no shame at all;
     they do not even know how to blush.(af)
So they will fall among the fallen;
     they will be brought down when I punish(ag) them,"
says the Lord .

16 This is what the Lord says:

"Stand at the crossroads and look;
     ask for the ancient paths,(ah)
ask where the good way(ai) is, and walk in it,
     and you will find rest(aj) for your souls.
     But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.'
17 I appointed watchmen(ak) over you and said,
     ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!'(al)
     But you said, ‘We will not listen.'(am)
18 Therefore hear, you nations;
     you who are witnesses,
     observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth:(an)
     I am bringing disaster(ao) on this people,
     the fruit of their schemes,(ap)
because they have not listened to my words(aq)
     and have rejected my law.(ar)
20 What do I care about incense from Sheba(as)
     or sweet calamus(at) from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;(au)
     your sacrifices(av) do not please me."(aw)

21 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

"I will put obstacles before this people.
     Parents and children alike will stumble(ax) over them;
     neighbors and friends will perish."

22 This is what the Lord says:

"Look, an army is coming
     from the land of the north;(ay)
a great nation is being stirred up
     from the ends of the earth.(az)
23 They are armed with bow and spear;
     they are cruel and show no mercy.(ba)
They sound like the roaring sea(bb)
     as they ride on their horses;(bc)
they come like men in battle formation
     to attack you, Daughter Zion.(bd)"

24 We have heard reports about them,
     and our hands hang limp.(be)
Anguish(bf) has gripped us,
     pain like that of a woman in labor.(bg)
25 Do not go out to the fields
     or walk on the roads,
for the enemy has a sword,
     and there is terror on every side.(bh)
26 Put on sackcloth,(bi) my people,
     and roll in ashes;(bj)
mourn with bitter wailing(bk)
     as for an only son,(bl)
for suddenly the destroyer(bm)
     will come upon us.

27 "I have made you a tester(bn) of metals
     and my people the ore,
that you may observe
     and test their ways.
28 They are all hardened rebels,(bo)
     going about to slander.(bp)
They are bronze and iron;(bq)
     they all act corruptly.
29 The bellows blow fiercely
     to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining(br) goes on in vain;
     the wicked are not purged out.
30 They are called rejected silver,(bs)
     because the Lord has rejected them."(bt)

False Religion Worthless

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord : 2 "Stand(a) at the gate of the Lord 's house and there proclaim this message:

"‘Hear the word of the Lord , all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord . 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways(b) and your actions, and I will let you live(c) in this place. 4 Do not trust(d) in deceptive(e) words and say, "This is the temple of the Lord , the temple of the Lord , the temple of the Lord !" 5 If you really change(f) your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,(g) 6 if you do not oppress(h) the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood(i) in this place, and if you do not follow other gods(j) to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land(k) I gave your ancestors(l) for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting(m) in deceptive(n) words that are worthless.

9 "‘Will you steal(o) and murder,(p) commit adultery(q) and perjury,[a](r) burn incense to Baal(s) and follow other gods(t) you have not known, 10 and then come and stand(u) before me in this house,(v) which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"—safe to do all these detestable things?(w) 11 Has this house,(x) which bears my Name, become a den of robbers(y) to you? But I have been watching!(z) declares the Lord .

12 "‘Go now to the place in Shiloh(aa) where I first made a dwelling(ab) for my Name,(ac) and see what I did(ad) to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord , I spoke(ae) to you again and again,(af) but you did not listen;(ag) I called(ah) you, but you did not answer.(ai) 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh(aj) I will now do to the house that bears my Name,(ak) the temple(al) you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 I will thrust you from my presence,(am) just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.'(an)

16 "So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea(ao) or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen(ap) to you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven.(aq) They pour out drink offerings(ar) to other gods to arouse(as) my anger. 19 But am I the one they are provoking?(at) declares the Lord . Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?(au)

20 "‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign(av) Lord says: My anger(aw) and my wrath will be poured(ax) out on this place—on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the crops of your land—and it will burn and not be quenched.(ay)

21 "‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices(az) and eat(ba) the meat yourselves! 22 For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands(bb) about burnt offerings and sacrifices,(bc) 23 but I gave them this command:(bd) Obey(be) me, and I will be your God and you will be my people.(bf) Walk in obedience to all(bg) I command you, that it may go well(bh) with you. 24 But they did not listen(bi) or pay attention;(bj) instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts.(bk) They went backward(bl) and not forward. 25 From the time your ancestors left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again(bm) I sent you my servants(bn) the prophets.(bo) 26 But they did not listen to me or pay attention.(bp) They were stiff-necked(bq) and did more evil than their ancestors.'(br)

27 "When you tell(bs) them all this, they will not listen(bt) to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.(bu) 28 Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction.(bv) Truth(bw) has perished; it has vanished from their lips.

29 "‘Cut off(bx) your hair and throw it away; take up a lament(by) on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned(bz) this generation that is under his wrath.

The Valley of Slaughter

30 "‘The people of Judah have done evil(ca) in my eyes, declares the Lord . They have set up their detestable idols(cb) in the house that bears my Name and have defiled(cc) it. 31 They have built the high places of Topheth(cd) in the Valley of Ben Hinnom(ce) to burn their sons and daughters(cf) in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.(cg) 32 So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord , when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter,(ch) for they will bury(ci) the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 33 Then the carcasses(cj) of this people will become food(ck) for the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away.(cl) 34 I will bring an end to the sounds(cm) of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom(cn) in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem,(co) for the land will become desolate.(cp)

1 "‘At that time, declares the Lord , the bones of the kings and officials of Judah, the bones of the priests and prophets, and the bones(a) of the people of Jerusalem will be removed(b) from their graves. 2 They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served(c) and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped.(d) They will not be gathered up or buried,(e) but will be like dung lying on the ground.(f) 3 Wherever I banish them,(g) all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life,(h) declares the Lord Almighty.'

Sin and Punishment

4 "Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says:

"‘When people fall down, do they not get up?(i)
     When someone turns away,(j) do they not return?
5 Why then have these people turned away?
     Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
They cling to deceit;(k)
     they refuse to return.(l)
6 I have listened(m) attentively,
     but they do not say what is right.
None of them repent(n) of their wickedness,
     saying, "What have I done?"
Each pursues their own course(o)
     like a horse charging into battle.
7 Even the stork in the sky
     knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
     observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know(p)
     the requirements of the Lord .

8 "‘How can you say, "We are wise,
     for we have the law(q) of the Lord ,"
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
     has handled it falsely?
9 The wise(r) will be put to shame;
     they will be dismayed(s) and trapped.(t)
Since they have rejected the word(u) of the Lord ,
     what kind of wisdom(v) do they have?
10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men
     and their fields to new owners.(w)
From the least to the greatest,
     all are greedy for gain;(x)
prophets(y) and priests alike,
     all practice deceit.(z)
11 They dress the wound of my people
     as though it were not serious.
"Peace, peace," they say,
     when there is no peace.(aa)
12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
     No, they have no shame(ab) at all;
     they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
     they will be brought down when they are punished,(ac)
says the Lord .(ad)

13 "‘I will take away their harvest,
declares the Lord .
     There will be no grapes on the vine.(ae)
There will be no figs(af) on the tree,
     and their leaves will wither.(ag)
What I have given them
     will be taken(ah) from them.[a]'"

14 Why are we sitting here?
     Gather together!
Let us flee to the fortified cities(ai)
     and perish there!
For the Lord our God has doomed us to perish
     and given us poisoned water(aj) to drink,
     because we have sinned(ak) against him.
15 We hoped for peace(al)
     but no good has come,
for a time of healing
     but there is only terror.(am)
16 The snorting of the enemy's horses(an)
     is heard from Dan;(ao)
at the neighing of their stallions
     the whole land trembles.(ap)
They have come to devour(aq)
     the land and everything in it,
     the city and all who live there.

17 "See, I will send venomous snakes(ar) among you,
     vipers that cannot be charmed,(as)
     and they will bite you,"
declares the Lord .

18 You who are my Comforter[b] in sorrow,
     my heart is faint(at) within me.
19 Listen to the cry of my people
     from a land far away:(au)
"Is the Lord not in Zion?
     Is her King(av) no longer there?"

"Why have they aroused(aw) my anger with their images,
     with their worthless(ax) foreign idols?"(ay)

20 "The harvest is past,
     the summer has ended,
     and we are not saved."

21 Since my people are crushed,(az) I am crushed;
     I mourn,(ba) and horror grips me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead?(bb)
     Is there no physician(bc) there?
Why then is there no healing(bd)
     for the wound of my people?

1 [a]Oh, that my head were a spring of water
     and my eyes a fountain of tears!(a)
I would weep(b) day and night
     for the slain of my people.(c)
2 Oh, that I had in the desert(d)
     a lodging place for travelers,
so that I might leave my people
     and go away from them;
for they are all adulterers,(e)
     a crowd of unfaithful(f) people.

3 "They make ready their tongue
     like a bow, to shoot lies;(g)
it is not by truth
     that they triumph[b] in the land.
They go from one sin to another;
     they do not acknowledge(h) me,"
declares the Lord .
4 "Beware of your friends;(i)
     do not trust anyone in your clan.(j)
For every one of them is a deceiver,[c](k)
     and every friend a slanderer.(l)
5 Friend deceives friend,(m)
     and no one speaks the truth.(n)
They have taught their tongues to lie;(o)
     they weary themselves with sinning.
6 You[d] live in the midst of deception;(p)
     in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,"
declares the Lord .

7 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says:

"See, I will refine(q) and test(r) them,
     for what else can I do
     because of the sin of my people?
8 Their tongue(s) is a deadly arrow;
     it speaks deceitfully.
With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors,(t)
     but in their hearts they set traps(u) for them.(v)
9 Should I not punish them for this?"
     declares the Lord .
"Should I not avenge(w) myself
     on such a nation as this?"

10 I will weep and wail for the mountains
     and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands.(x)
They are desolate and untraveled,
     and the lowing of cattle is not heard.
The birds(y) have all fled
     and the animals are gone.

11 "I will make Jerusalem a heap(z) of ruins,
     a haunt of jackals;(aa)
and I will lay waste the towns of Judah(ab)
     so no one can live there."(ac)

12 Who is wise(ad) enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?

13 The Lord said, "It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.(ae) 14 Instead, they have followed(af) the stubbornness of their hearts;(ag) they have followed the Baals, as their ancestors taught them." 15 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food(ah) and drink poisoned water.(ai) 16 I will scatter them among nations(aj) that neither they nor their ancestors have known,(ak) and I will pursue them with the sword(al) until I have made an end of them."(am)

17 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

"Consider now! Call for the wailing women(an) to come;
     send for the most skillful of them.
18 Let them come quickly
     and wail over us
till our eyes overflow with tears
     and water streams from our eyelids.(ao)
19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion:
     ‘How ruined(ap) we are!
     How great is our shame!
We must leave our land
     because our houses are in ruins.'"

20 Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord ;
     open your ears to the words of his mouth.(aq)
Teach your daughters how to wail;
     teach one another a lament.(ar)
21 Death has climbed in through our windows(as)
     and has entered our fortresses;
it has removed the children from the streets
     and the young men(at) from the public squares.

22 Say, "This is what the Lord declares:

"‘Dead bodies will lie
     like dung(au) on the open field,
like cut grain behind the reaper,
     with no one to gather them.'"

23 This is what the Lord says:

"Let not the wise boast of their wisdom(av)
     or the strong boast of their strength(aw)
     or the rich boast of their riches,(ax)
24 but let the one who boasts boast(ay) about this:
     that they have the understanding to know(az) me,
that I am the Lord ,(ba) who exercises kindness,(bb)
     justice and righteousness(bc) on earth,
     for in these I delight,"
declares the Lord .

25 "The days are coming," declares the Lord , "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh(bd) 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places.[e](be) For all these nations are really uncircumcised,(bf) and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.(bg)"

God and Idols(a)

1 Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel. 2 This is what the Lord says:

"Do not learn the ways of the nations(b)
     or be terrified by signs(c) in the heavens,
     though the nations are terrified by them.
3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless;
     they cut a tree out of the forest,
     and a craftsman(d) shapes it with his chisel.(e)
4 They adorn it with silver(f) and gold;
     they fasten it with hammer and nails
     so it will not totter.(g)
5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,
     their idols cannot speak;(h)
they must be carried
     because they cannot walk.(i)
Do not fear them;
     they can do no harm(j)
     nor can they do any good."(k)

6 No one is like you,(l) Lord ;
     you are great,(m)
     and your name is mighty in power.
7 Who should not fear(n) you,
     King of the nations?(o)
     This is your due.
Among all the wise leaders of the nations
     and in all their kingdoms,
     there is no one like you.

8 They are all senseless(p) and foolish;(q)
     they are taught by worthless wooden idols.(r)
9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish(s)
     and gold from Uphaz.
What the craftsman and goldsmith have made(t)
     is then dressed in blue and purple—
     all made by skilled workers.
10 But the Lord is the true God;
     he is the living God,(u) the eternal King.(v)
When he is angry,(w) the earth trembles;(x)
     the nations cannot endure his wrath.(y)

11 "Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish(z) from the earth and from under the heavens.'"[a]

12 But God made(aa) the earth(ab) by his power;
     he founded the world by his wisdom(ac)
     and stretched out the heavens(ad) by his understanding.
13 When he thunders,(ae) the waters in the heavens roar;
     he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning(af) with the rain(ag)
     and brings out the wind from his storehouses.(ah)

14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
     every goldsmith is shamed(ai) by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;(aj)
     they have no breath in them.
15 They are worthless,(ak) the objects of mockery;
     when their judgment comes, they will perish.
16 He who is the Portion(al) of Jacob is not like these,
     for he is the Maker of all things,(am)
including Israel, the people of his inheritance(an)
     the Lord Almighty is his name.(ao)

Coming Destruction

17 Gather up your belongings(ap) to leave the land,
     you who live under siege.
18 For this is what the Lord says:
     "At this time I will hurl(aq) out
     those who live in this land;
I will bring distress(ar) on them
     so that they may be captured."

19 Woe to me because of my injury!
     My wound(as) is incurable!
Yet I said to myself,
     "This is my sickness, and I must endure(at) it."
20 My tent(au) is destroyed;
     all its ropes are snapped.
My children are gone from me and are no more;(av)
     no one is left now to pitch my tent
     or to set up my shelter.
21 The shepherds(aw) are senseless(ax)
     and do not inquire of the Lord ;(ay)
so they do not prosper(az)
     and all their flock is scattered.(ba)
22 Listen! The report is coming—
     a great commotion from the land of the north!(bb)
It will make the towns of Judah desolate,(bc)
     a haunt of jackals.(bd)

Jeremiah's Prayer

23  Lord , I know that people's lives are not their own;
     it is not for them to direct their steps.(be)
24 Discipline me, Lord , but only in due measure—
     not in your anger,(bf)
     or you will reduce me to nothing.(bg)
25 Pour out your wrath on the nations(bh)
     that do not acknowledge you,
     on the peoples who do not call on your name.(bi)
For they have devoured(bj) Jacob;
     they have devoured him completely
     and destroyed his homeland.(bk)

The Covenant Is Broken

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord : 2 "Listen to the terms of this covenant(a) and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem. 3 Tell them that this is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed(b) is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant— 4 the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt,(c) out of the iron-smelting furnace.(d)' I said, ‘Obey(e) me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people,(f) and I will be your God. 5 Then I will fulfill the oath I swore(g) to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey'(h)—the land you possess today."

I answered, "Amen,(i) Lord ."

6 The Lord said to me, "Proclaim(j) all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow(k) them. 7 From the time I brought your ancestors up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again,(l) saying, "Obey me." 8 But they did not listen or pay attention;(m) instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts.(n) So I brought on them all the curses(o) of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.(p)'"

9 Then the Lord said to me, "There is a conspiracy(q) among the people of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem. 10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors,(r) who refused to listen to my words.(s) They have followed other gods(t) to serve them.(u) Both Israel and Judah have broken the covenant(v) I made with their ancestors. 11 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster(w) they cannot escape.(x) Although they cry(y) out to me, I will not listen(z) to them. 12 The towns of Judah and the people of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they burn incense,(aa) but they will not help them at all when disaster(ab) strikes. 13 You, Judah, have as many gods(ac) as you have towns;(ad) and the altars you have set up to burn incense(ae) to that shameful(af) god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem.'

14 "Do not pray(ag) for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen(ah) when they call to me in the time of their distress.

15 "What is my beloved doing in my temple
     as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes?
     Can consecrated meat(ai) avert your punishment?(aj)
When you engage in your wickedness,
     then you rejoice.[a]"

16 The Lord called you a thriving olive tree(ak)
     with fruit beautiful in form.
But with the roar of a mighty storm
     he will set it on fire,(al)
     and its branches will be broken.(am)

17 The Lord Almighty, who planted(an) you, has decreed disaster(ao) for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused(ap) my anger by burning incense to Baal.(aq)

Plot Against Jeremiah

18 Because the Lord revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing. 19 I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter;(ar) I did not realize that they had plotted(as) against me, saying,

"Let us destroy the tree and its fruit;
     let us cut him off from the land of the living,(at)
     that his name be remembered(au) no more."
20 But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously(av)
     and test the heart(aw) and mind,(ax)
let me see your vengeance(ay) on them,
     for to you I have committed my cause.

21 Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of Anathoth(az) who are threatening to kill you,(ba) saying, "Do not prophesy(bb) in the name of the Lord or you will die(bc) by our hands"— 22 therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says: "I will punish them. Their young men(bd) will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. 23 Not even a remnant(be) will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.(bf)"

Jeremiah's Complaint

1 You are always righteous,(a) Lord ,
     when I bring a case(b) before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:(c)
     Why does the way of the wicked prosper?(d)
     Why do all the faithless live at ease?
2 You have planted(e) them, and they have taken root;
     they grow and bear fruit.(f)
You are always on their lips
     but far from their hearts.(g)
3 Yet you know me, Lord ;
     you see me and test(h) my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheep(i) to be butchered!
     Set them apart for the day of slaughter!(j)
4 How long will the land lie parched(k)
     and the grass in every field be withered?(l)
Because those who live in it are wicked,
     the animals and birds have perished.(m)
Moreover, the people are saying,
     "He will not see what happens to us."

God's Answer

5 "If you have raced with men on foot
     and they have worn you out,
     how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
     how will you manage in the thickets(n) by[b] the Jordan?
6 Your relatives, members of your own family—
     even they have betrayed you;
     they have raised a loud cry against you.(o)
Do not trust them,
     though they speak well of you.(p)

7 "I will forsake(q) my house,
     abandon(r) my inheritance;
I will give the one I love(s)
     into the hands of her enemies.(t)
8 My inheritance has become to me
     like a lion(u) in the forest.
She roars at me;
     therefore I hate her.(v)
9 Has not my inheritance become to me
     like a speckled bird of prey
     that other birds of prey surround and attack?
Go and gather all the wild beasts;
     bring them to devour.(w)
10 Many shepherds(x) will ruin my vineyard
     and trample down my field;
they will turn my pleasant field
     into a desolate wasteland.(y)
11 It will be made a wasteland,(z)
     parched and desolate before me;(aa)
the whole land will be laid waste
     because there is no one who cares.
12 Over all the barren heights in the desert
     destroyers will swarm,
for the sword(ab) of the Lord (ac) will devour(ad)
     from one end of the land to the other;(ae)
     no one will be safe.(af)
13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;
     they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.(ag)
They will bear the shame of their harvest
     because of the Lord 's fierce anger."(ah)

14 This is what the Lord says: "As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance(ai) I gave my people Israel, I will uproot(aj) them from their lands and I will uproot(ak) the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion(al) and will bring(am) each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn(an) well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives'(ao)—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal(ap)—then they will be established among my people.(aq) 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy(ar) it," declares the Lord .

Acts 27:27-44

Chapter 27

27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic[c] Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet[d] deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet[e] deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat(ak) down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."(al) 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.

33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. "For the last fourteen days," he said, "you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven't eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head."(am) 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it(an) and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged(ao) and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.(ap)

39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach,(aq) where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors,(ar) they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.(as)

42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul's life(at) and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.(au)

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